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  • Library Binding: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers (8 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375990399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375990397
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.8 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SJH @ A Dream of Books on 12 May 2013
Format: Paperback
'Janie Face to Face' is the fifth book that Caroline B. Cooney has written about the girl who discovered her face on a milk carton, leading to revelations about who she is and who her real family are. I remember reading this series and being both gripped and horrified by Janie's story. I couldn't even begin to imagine how you would feel to find out that you had been kidnapped when you were a child and the people you have called Mum and Dad all your life, aren't your real parents after all.

I didn't realise that another book in the series had been planned and although I was a little dubious at first about yet another instalment, I'm now glad that Caroline B. Cooney finally provided Janie and her readers with the closure that they've been looking for. I feel satisfied that not only has her story been properly concluded but also that we now know what happens to her and to her kidnapper.

The narrative alternates between the point of view of Janie herself, as well as the notorious Hannah; the person who was responsible for taking a little girl away from her family all those years ago. It was interesting to see how Hannah viewed her own actions but these sections of the book also gave me chills because of what I knew she was capable of.

The story is about Janie finally coming to terms with what happened to her and learning to put herself first for once, instead of worrying about her parents from both sets of families. After so many years of questioning her own identity, she has now grown into a mature and responsible young woman who wants to put the past behind her and focus on her future. Without wanting to give anything away, Reeve, the boy next door turns out to be a huge part of that future and I enjoyed seeing him and Janie reconnect.
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By Radiojock TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Aug 2014
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They stayed together, Janie and Reeve. This is that story, and there's one more book to go. Looking forward to it :)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The taut pacing and pervasive element of danger from Hanna makes this volume truly engrossing 11 Jan 2013
By Teen Reads - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Thirteen years after the fourth book in the Janie Johnson series, readers are invited to a satisfying, suspenseful conclusion. Janie heads to college calling herself Jane, ready to put the kidnapping life behind her. Edgar Award-nominated author Caroline B. Cooney keeps readers hooked as she updates readers on the forever-changed lives of Janie, her two families and the twisted perspective of the kidnapper Hannah. The pacing and surprises will keep readers turning pages all the way to the dramatic finish.

In the fourth book, Janie learned that the man she thought of as her father for most of her life, Frank Johnson, had been sending his kidnapper daughter Hannah monthly checks. This discovery was made after Frank had a stroke and Janie had to look at his finances and move Frank and Miranda into an assisted living facility. Wheelchair bound, he struggles to speak while Miranda is lonely and too dependent on the visits from Janie.

At college, Janie wants only to reconnect with her biological Spring family, and to reclaim her place with them. She is angry with Frank and wants to distance herself from Miranda's loneliness. At the same time, the Spring children have moved out of the house. The twins head to different colleges, Stephen is in Colorado and Jodie away in the Peace Corps.

When she is contacted by a famous true crime writer who wants to tell her story, Janie ignores him as do many of her friends and family. But one of the twins begins to give interviews, and her old friend Sarah Charlotte is approached by a creepy person who is supposedly an assistant of the writer.

Michael, a handsome new boyfriend, meets Jane near her college in New York and gets to know her better. Soon, though, he presses her for details about her life and even follows her out to the assisted living facility when she goes to visit the Johnsons. As she learns more about him, she realizes that she only ever truly loved Reeve.

The author also follows Hannah's life in chapters numbering "pieces of the kidnapper puzzle." Readers begin to realize that Hannah is planning revenge on the girl she feels stole the love and support of her parents.

Revisiting a favorite series and characters makes this an enjoyable end to a very popular story, but it is the taut pacing and pervasive element of danger from Hannah that makes this volume truly engrossing. Readers may want to read the previous books about Janie, but the ending here is unforgettable.

Reviewed by Amy Alessio
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Good...but 9 Mar 2013
By Cynthia A. Fitch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I started reading these books twenty years ago and perhaps my age is showing. I hated the way they wrote Frank. Damaged, ruined...all those negative words for aging. While I don't have the drama that Janie has, parents get older. It's not a picnic to see them get slower and be in pain. But for all these characters to view aging as a defect instead of a natural process in life was sad. Surely the author is older too. Surely she has dealt with aging parents. It left a serious distaste for me. I would never see my father as "ruined" because he's older. I don't know. I was left cold by nearly all the characters treatment of Frank. However, the book was satisfying and a good read. I hated that Janie felt the need to be Jennie. And that she seemed to abandon her Conn. parents when they weren't fun any more or youthful. The shift to Jennie seemed to be a way to cozy up to the younger parents. At some point, people need to accept that she has had a name most of her life and it's just hard to change it midstream. I liked Reeve saying that he fell in love with Janie and she would always be Janie to him, even if he calls her Jennie. I'm glad to get a conclusion but this book missed the empathy and warmth from the earlier books.

I wish Amazon hadn't shipped me a book with the last five pages bunched up accordion style.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Sloppy 1 May 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Several things bothered me about this book. The storyline jumped to taking place in current times while the previous books' story lines happened in the 90's? Reading about the characters using their iStuff in this book after reading how reeve faxed Janie in the previous book (which made me chuckle) made it unsettling to read, especially if you're like me and binge read the entire series. Speaking of which, I don't know if the author reread any of the previous books, but there were several of Hannah's plot lines that were just.... Off! I even went back and checked to make sure I understood correctly and, sure enough, several things were different. This bothered me so much I had difficulty finishing the book. Last but not least, while cooney flat out admits in the author's note she wanted to appease her readers, maybe she could have done it in a way that wasn't so.. "Oh you want this to happen? Ok, there, I wrote it, so it did. The end." (Hopefully that makes sense)... I think what I'm trying to say is it just felt like a bunch of story smashed together for the sake of having a "happy ever after" for the main character while the others are all still left hanging, with no significant changes or lessons learned or realizations after FIVE books spanning five years (book years that is). This book really bummed me out, and it's with a heavy heart that I say if you're happy with the rest of the series, maybe just read the last paragraph.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Supremely Satisfying end! 3 Aug 2013
By Donna Alice Patton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Having read "The Face on the Milk Carton" too many years ago to count, I was thrilled to read a review that mentioned a final book coming out to end the Janie saga. Read the book yesterday on a long road trip and it was supremely satisfying! The pacing and suspense were great - would something happen to spoil Janie's happiness? Would Hannah have her revenge? Almost to the last page I kept expecting something to go wrong . . .

This series has really explored the idea of a kidnapped child being reunited with their birth family and having to come to grips with their life as being a total illusion. Ms. Cooney does an excellent job of keeping Janie from being too sugary sweet or too harsh with one side or the other. Over the series Janie comes to realize that everyone is doing the best they can in a somewhat unusual situation where there are no guide books. In light of recent current events, these books are not as far-fetched as they might have seemed when the first book came out. How many other "Janie's" might there be out there, waiting to come home?

This is a page turner for sure and a satisfying conclusion to the lives we've met in the Janie books.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A good story and great ending to the series 17 Feb 2014
By ER - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I just read the series straight through for the first time and I really enjoyed the way this last volume pulled it all together and answered a lot of my questions. It's clear that the author made efforts to update the story to make it more appealing to contemporary readers since there is such a long gap between the publishing of the first story and this one. However, if you're just looking at the technology it could be a bit jarring to go so rapidly from pay phones and phone books to iPhones, iPads, Facebook (and other apps) in just the 5 year span of the story line (the characters even remark on these advances in the context of the story). Overall, a very good series.
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